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‘Why QI?’

March kicks off with Practice Managers ‘Why QI?’ afternoon workshop on Thursday 8th March at Gilmerton Faith Mission. There are 34 confirmed attendees and a further 28 who have provisionally confirmed. Everyone who works in Primary Care knows that the Practice Manager is central to the delivery of efficient, high quality care via robust understanding and management of systems and processes. We are delighted that there has been so much interest in this afternoon, which very much reflects the Practice Manager’s central role in Primary Care.

Lothian Quality Academy

Cohorts 7 and 8 of Lothian Quality Academy, Planning for Quality, are both now underway. Dr Sam Abushal (Whinpark), Dr Anthony Simon (Craigmillar), and Savoy Malcolm (Edinburgh HSCP) started their work with cohort 7 in January, and Dr Kath Robertson (Colinton) and Tammy Ruddock (Edinburgh HSCP) have just had their first Quality Academy session this week. Cohort 8 has also provided us with the opportunity to buddy Jen Evans in a new role as a QI coach and so increase the quality training resource within Lothian.

Please click on this link if you are interested in finding out more about the Quality Academy. or you can email Lisa, Elouise or Adeline if you would prefer.

HIS sepsis collaborative

Midlothian hospital at home team, Midlothian district nursing team and Lothian Unscheduled Care Service, within Midlothian, are using the National Early Warning Score (NEWS) as a communication tool for deteriorating patients with sepsis. LUCS had the highest use of NEWS as a communication tool for patients being admitted to hospital (75% of hospital referrals) in the National Sepsis Collaborative. LUCS clinicians have found this NEWS communication tool particularly useful when arranging ambulance transfer with non-clinically trained ambulance call handlers.

Electronic workflow project academic collaborative

We applied to be part of an academic collaborative with Dundee University on looking at the impact of spreading the electronic work flow project. They asked to resubmit, with more specifics on the precise academic question we were asking. So – we will try again and keep you posted (there is significant funding attached!) Closing date is 31st March.


Lisa, Elouise and Jo Bennett are presenting on their experience of building a Primary Care Quality Improvement Network in Jonkoping, Sweden, next Thursday. The key thing is the people in the Network – and that is YOU! Thank you for your continued interest, innovation, ideas and lead on change.

Best wishes, Lisa, Elouise and Adeline Thursday 22nd February